The penultimate episode of Misfits didn’t have much on its mind, as brains were too busy being splattered everywhere. I suppose there was a vague allegory about the pain that can come from being dumped by your boyfriend for his ex, but at heart episode 7 was just an excuse to have the gang fight a zombie cat and cheerleaders. And there's nothing wrong with that...
There were no real subplots this week, but I almost prefer it when Misfits has something singular on its mind that allows the gang to come together and defeat a common enemy. However, given how this episode was essentially the climax of Kelly's (Lauren Socha) storyline, as she's been competing for the affections of her boyfriend's dead lover since they started dating, I was a little disappointed this human element of the story wasn't stronger. It was there, but it wasn't enough of a big deal when Seth dumped Kelly to be with Shannon—although possibly that's because I haven't been convinced by their relationship to begin with. It was also hard to care about Seth's side of the story, because we haven't met Shannon before and, to be honest, there wasn't much here that suggested they had a particularly amazing relationship that was tragically cut short by death.
Overall, I wouldn't say this was Misfits operating at its very best, because it didn't have enough human drama to raise everything a few notches. (The second death of Shannon was curiously limp, when it should really have been gut-wrenching.) But as an example of the show having a great deal of fun and letting the cast bounce off each other in very entertaining ways, episode 7 was a reminder of why Misfits is seen as one of the UK's shining lights as a modern, youth-orientated drama.
- You may recognise guest-star Charlene McKenna as Lamia in the so-named recent episode of Merlin.
- It was also very amusing to see the gang kill yet another probation worker, just a few episodes after they killed the previous one. As running gags do, this is one of the best.
- Why did Seth rebury Shannon on a hillside instead of simply putting her back in her dug up coffin?